I love true open tops. The Miata (or MX-5) has a clever way of doing safety. A strong and stylish rollbar.
Stylish yes, strong maybe not?I love true open tops. The Miata (or MX-5) has a clever way of doing safety. A strong and stylish rollbar.
- Isn't there a law of some sort to have roll protection in a convertible???Stylish yes, strong maybe not?
Check out the "safety equipment" listed on the Miata webpage - no roll bar?
Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Sports Car - Specs & Features | Mazda USA
The "safety" pictured above would not pass the "broomstick test." Your head should not exceed the plane created from the top of the windshield frame to the top of the roll bar - perhaps you too can visualize a potential problem for BOTH the driver and passenger?
That's a "Style bar" which is not structural offering little to no roll over protection. A proper roll bar would have four legs that mount to the trunk floor and to the Miata floor.
Several other convertibles have similar "beauty bars" and hopefuly their owners are aware that while stylish there is little protection?
This is incorrect. If two vehicles of the same mass hit head on, both moving at X MPH, it isn't as if they struck a wall at 2X MPH, but rather just as 1X MPH.Someone mentioned this was a 40 MPH road, which would suggest the cars may have hit each other at at what might feel like 80 MPH into a brick wall.
Beat me at my own game!This is incorrect. If two vehicles of the same mass hit head on, both moving at X MPH, it isn't as if they struck a wall at 2X MPH, but rather just as 1X MPH.
The critical part of the above is "of the same mass". The smart weighs less than the van, so assuming they were both moving at the same rate, the smart would take proportionally more of the impact's energy.
If the vehicles' speeds were unequal that further complicates the equation.